how well does ota work on a tivo Premiere?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by tootal2, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. phone man

    phone man Member

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    I read your posts on this topic with great interest since you have the same antenna, similar preamp and a fringe reception location. I haven't read of anyone doing this but I could just leave the splitter in place and switch between the Tivo and Sony tuner if I want to watch something on the weak stations should the Tivo tuners prove to be a problem. That would also allow recording two shows at once while watching a third channel.
     
  2. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    After my Channel Master 7777 antenna preamp I have one splitter feeding my TiVo HD and my Premiere. I don't bother to feed the TV via coax anymore. So I think you'll probably be fine.
     
  3. Puppy76

    Puppy76 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, it's funny, I don't have my TV hooked up to a...TV source!

    Between my HD XL, and my Series 2, I've got three tuners, USUALLY don't need more than three tuners, and hardly ever watch live TV, and when I do, prefer to start recording it so I can stop and come back later if I want!
     
  4. phone man

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    My usual Time Warner DVR habit is to only record things I know I will miss because I can't be in front of the TV when it airs. Kind of a carry over mentality from the VHS recorder days.
    During my trial period with the Tivo I decided to max out the Tivo OTA experience and record EVERYTHING I would watch, freeing me to do other things and watch TV anytime. I realize this is second nature to the Tivo community but it's taken me a while to adopt this mindset.
    Doing the same with the Time Warner DVR was certainly possible but the same shows were rerun so often it wasn't necessary. The downside was endlessly clicking thru the guide saying "nope" "nope" "nope" "nope"....
    A few thousand "nopes" later and I'm ready for a change. Tools like a Roku, my Macbook pro thru HDMI and now a Tivo OTA DVR give lots of options.
     
  5. Jeff_DML

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    well I got a TiVo Premiere and my local ABC channel is unwatchable with it, constantly breaking up/macroblocking. Same channel and feed works fine on my Pioneer tv tuner:mad: I have had issues before with this channel, a lot of multipath issues, but assumed it would be good now since it works on my tv.
     
  6. S3-2501

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    I don't know if software updates have improved things for current Premiere users, but this seven page thread made it clear that at least initially people were not having good luck with the Piremiere's OTA reception compared to the Series3/TivoHD units and many felt the difference could be due to the Premiere's poorer handling of multipath issues.
     
  7. Jeff_DML

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    as my post above points out:eek: Got my signal split to my TiVo and TV and now if I want to watch ABC I need to watch it live on my tv
     
  8. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    What happens if you don't split it and you go straight to the TiVo?
     
  9. Jeff_DML

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    That is the way I originally had it, same problem, split it so I could at least watch it live on my tv tuner
     
  10. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    What is the signal strength? I know with my OTA reception I have one channel that shows up as 30 on the Premieer, but even at 30 it is rock solid.
     
  11. Jeff_DML

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    Bouncing around from 12 to 27. My CBS channel that is at the same TX location is stable at 69.
     
  12. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    You said you're using two antennas, one VHF and one UHF. Are you combining the signals into one downlead? If so, how? If you just use an ordinary splitter/combiner, you could be generating an especially nasty form of (what would look like) multipath. Have you tried a VHF/UHF combiner, so that each band is received on only one antenna? You could also try moving the antennas around a bit.
     
  13. Jeff_DML

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    yeah I have a VHF/UHF combiner for the antennas, I will go back up on the roof and see if I can tweak my setup for better results. Thanks for the help.

    Guess my point was that I can get a channel with my TV that I cannot on the TiVo so the tuners are not the best.
     
  14. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    And I guess my original point was that IME my Premiere's tuners (or demodulators) handle multipath better than those in my TiVo HD, which perform about the same as those in my (several years older) Mitsubishi LCD TV. It sounds like your Pioneer TV has a really good tuner. I think Pioneer car stereo tuners were always considered to be some of the best.
     
  15. Puppy76

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    I'm glad to know someone's happy with their Premier's tuners! I'm not inclined to replace my Tivo HD XL nor Series 2 with one, but if/when one breaks I'll obviously want whatever Tivo's current model is, and I'll obviously need it to work well with over the air broadcasts! :)
     
  16. newsposter

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    my tuner continues to pick up a channel my hr10250 never did...a lo vhf channel on my uhf antenna,i'm still very happy

    my hdmi, i'm not so happy but thats another thread
     

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